Why I didn’t use slip

 

I decided against dipping cotton into porcelain slip to create a fabric effect for my clay as I found there was more of a hand made element to my work when I am rolling, trimming and manipulating the clay with my hands rather than letting the cotton sheet do all the work, their was also an importance in the repetition of these elements which has a resemblance to the domestic everyday.

 

https://natashadormanblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/manipulation-of-material/

Wall colours

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I decided a while ago that I wanted to paint my walls a different colour to the standard white due to the colour of my pieces being so light. I have been unsure what colour to choose, I didn’t know if I wanted the colour to compliment the theme in my work or just to make my work stand out from the wall.

I decided that I didn’t want a meaning for the colour of the wall other than it to be fairly neutral, compliment the pieces physically and help them stand out, a meaning for the colour, in my opinion would have detracted from the work. I have chosen to go with the light grey on the left hand side of the photo as it is relatively subtle and compliments my pieces well.

Playing with thread

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I wanted to try using thread through the holes that I had created for the pins to see what effect it would give me. I quite like the colour of the thread with the vitrified porcelain but I found that I didn’t like the overall effect the thread gave to the piece in this way.

I feel it over complicated the meaning of the piece as a whole especially when I am using semi glazed pieces and some with pins in. I interested in trying the thread again but in just the places the pins would be rather than joining all the holes together.

Degree show space

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Now we have been given our degree show spaces, I can start planning out what I need to do before hanging my work.

To do list:

  • Fill/prepare walls
  • Choose paint colour/paint walls
  • Plan out a design of my pieces on the floor which I am happy with, then label the pieces and wall so I remember where each one will go on the wall.

The bit I am most worried about is planing the design and the amount of time it’ll take to nail each piece to the wall. Some pieces will need more than 1 nail as well, meaning I am going to need about 150 nails if I use most of my pieces.

Banished for having a period

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/banished_for_bleeding

The shock of seeing this in the news today, in the 21st century, is disgusting. It’s something that most women have to go through on a monthly basis, something that, especially in these countries, cannot be helped.

‘Chhaupadi’ – women are unclean when menstruating. Blood coming out of your body through the vagina does NOT make somebody unclean, its a part of human biology that in most cases is inevitable.

When I read this I instantly thought of Judy Chicago’s Menstruation Bathroom and how she tried to get people to discuss the taboo subject of periods. Where as her work, I don’t think is needed as  much in Western culture today as it is more openly spoken about, there are countries in the Middle east, Africa and even Asia that still need to be more open about the subject.

When I was in India in 2015 with uni, we were told not to enter sacred temples and buildings if we were on our periods as it would be seen as disrespectful to the Hindu Gods.

Though this isn’t a focal point of my current body of work, it is something that would definitely effect these women’s self esteem and body image, but also they are being controlled by men over something as simple as having a period.

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One of the first all women exhibitions, because of artists like this there is more support for women and women artists. The subjects we talk about in our art today is no less controversial to these, but yet they are supported because they changed how people saw women.

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Susan Frazier – Aprons in the Kitchen
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Susan Frazier – Aprons in the Kitchen
  • Frazier’s placement of these pieces in the heart of the home speaks volume – We are more than just a womb, more than child bearers.
  • You think of the cooking and other domestic duties women were expected to do, free labour, while the man works
  • “I want to undo these apron strings” – Susan Frazier. Get away from norm and create something for yourself.
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Judy Chicago – Menstruation Bathroom.
  • Menstruation was a taboo subject, not discussed and it needed to be discussed, it still is a subject not talked about in great detail. Something men still cringe at.
  • Menstruation bathroom is forcing you to discuss it.
  • Though in some cases not all women can relate to the problems of the taboo that goes with menstruation. Trans-women are still women though they can’t necessarily relate to the womb and periods.
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Kathy Huberland – Bridal Staircase

 

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Kathy Huberland – Bridal Staircase
  • Traditionally we are brought up to become wives and mothers, it is imbedded in us whether in Disney films about princesses marrying their prince or religion and other aspects of society.
  • Huberland looks at the not so dreamy side of getting married, some are forced into marriage and they loose a sense of where their lives are going, like they have no meaning other than to be a respectful house wife.
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Shawnee Wollenman – The Nursery
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Shawnee Wollenman – The Nursery
  • created an androgynous space to reflect the fact your early memories have no sex
  • Sex is not important / has no meaning. It is essentially just the sex organs you were given, she wants it to be nothing more than that, no stigmas or stereotypes.
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Faith Wilding – Crocheted Environment
  • Linked to primitive womb-shelters by women through the ages, but also have the added freedom of not having a function
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Robin Schiff – Nightmare Bathroom
  • “Ritual of confronting my nakedness… the fear of being intruded upon.”
  • the bathroom is where you feel most vulnerable, in your nakedness you are at your most vulnerable, you are unable to cover and protect yourself.
  • I felt like I could relate to Schiff’s work the most when reading about this exhibition. The vulnerability of the woman in the bath is something I feel often, you are forced to confront your body in its entirety.
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Karen LeCoq – Lea’s Room
  • putting layer upon layer of make-up – pain of losing beauty, pain of not being good enough in your natural skin, pain of having competition with other women.
  • Women are intimidated by having to maintain their beauty all the time, not feeling good enough without make-up
  • This is a massive issue which I think has only got worse in recent years, everybody wears make up and when you don’t you don’t feel like your good enough. Celebrities in the news because they don’t have make up on, not looking well because you haven’t got bronzer on to make you less pale.

Vagina’s

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Faith Wilding – Womb 1971

 

 

“There’s lots of vagina in our work, but it is not about vaginas. Rather, we are inventing a new form language radiating a female power which cannot be conveyed in any other way at this time….These images are universal, for they are about being a human body in the world….a holy body: which knows, thinks, pains, remembers, works, imagines, dreams, yearns, aspires, and which may not be violated. As women artists we are presenting an image of woman’s body and spirit as that which cannot and must not  be colonized either sexually, economically, or politically.” – Faith Wilding

  • The vagina is something all women can relate too, its also something that, though not directly visible, has a lot of duties that makes us female and human.
  • It symbolises that we as women should not be controlled by men in any way. We have the right to our own bodies.

This makes using the vagina in my own work even more important, not only is it symbolising women’s rights to sexuality, it is something that all women can relate to, when stripped bare we are equal.